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March 2023
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Shirer was there …

In 1938 Hitler’s Anschluss made Austria part of Germany. William L. Shirer, the author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich , was there to report on it for CBS radio. It was an exciting, tragic time, and now Shirer tells the story of the part he played in creating the modern broadcast format.

Nixon was there (and then he wasn’t) …

It’s been ten years since President Nixon became the first Chief Executive to resign from office. At the time, the editors of this magazine saw the Watergate crimes as “an assault on history itself. …” The question remains: What have we learned from the incredible events of the summer of 1974? Walter Karp and Vance Bourjaily find the lesson.

Adventures of Huck …

One hundred years ago Mark Twain published Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to the dismay of some and the delight of many. A study of the book’s publishing history over those hundred years shows that the delight and dismay go on and on.

Renovating the Statue of Liberty …

After years of holding up her torch in all kinds of weather, she needs help badly. We’ll tell you exactly how the engineers are going about it.

Plus …

Illustrated stories of dazzling variety and richness, to wit: A study of how Thomas Jefferson translated the architectural language of antiquity into an American idiom in his designs for “The Lawn”—the campus of the University of Virginia. … The painting of Venice by Americans who flocked there at the turn of the century. And, beyond this, even more.

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Stories published from "April/May 1984"

Authored by: David Davidson

Forty years ago it was Nazis, not communists, we wanted to keep out of Latin America. A veteran of that propaganda war recalls our efforts to bring American values to a bewildered Ecuador.

Authored by: Geoffrey C. Ward


Authored by: Edward Sorel

Sometimes life in the past really was better

Authored by: Martin Mayer

Banking as we’ve known it for centuries is dead, and we don’t really know the consequences of what is taking its place. A historical overview.

Authored by: Richard F. Snow

The U.S. Navy’s first submarine was scrapped half a century ago. But now we have been given a second chance to visit a boat nobody ever expected to see again.

Authored by: Oliver E. Allen

Banished from public view in our cities, this two-hundred-year-old import is alive and well behind the scenes

Authored by: Alfred Kazin

The work of Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald virtually defined what it meant to be American in the first half of this century

Authored by: The Editors

A gathering of little-known drawings from Columbia
University’s Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library illuminates two centuries of American building

Authored by: David Sherwood

Happy marriages may have been all alike in the eighteenth century, but the unhappy ones
fought it out in the newspapers

Authored by: Walter Karp

When the President fired the general, civilian control of the military faced its severest test in our history

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